INTRO
WHEN I WAS FIFTEEN
ALONG 693
THE ABORTION PALACE
GROWING UP, TWO AMERICAS
ANNIVERSARY 1984
TO BETTY, 1982
BEYOND NORTH MOUNTAIN
THE BRANDY LINE (ABOUT A FAVORITE GOAT)
CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN
DREAM OF CHARLES DE LANGLADE
YOU CALL ME FOLLY MILLS
THE ODYSSEY OF GLOOMY GUS
HILLS
IMPATIENS CAPENSIS
THE ADVANTAGE OF INTELLIGENCE
I DIDN'T KNOW YOU THEN
AFTER YOU LANGLADE
WAITING ON LARAMIE CREEK
THE LESSON
LITTLE RIVER
MEMORY
MUSIC AT THE JACKSON
THE HUMAN CONDITION IS NOT
OLD DOMINION
OLD MAN TO HIMSELF
OLD RIDER
CALLING OWLS
FROM THE TALE OF PETER MINK
MAKE REVOLUTION
THE SCRAPER
MY SHIP
TO OUR SONS, 1982
SPRING PEEPERS
TED
TREES OF NEW JERSEY
A TRUE DOCTOR
DEATH OF WILBUR
BY WINNEBAGO'S SHORE
©Poems of R.F.Mueller- Other Times, Other Thoughts

SNAPSHOT
R.F. Mueller



Sitting there on those granite boulders
Radiating your mid-American chic as well as you can,
The water falling behind you has long since
Repeatedly cycled and impinged on this your yellowed print.
It was easy for me to think of your life
Since we parted as one long drag.
But that doesn't explain why you struck a chord
That first night I asked you to dance at the Rainbow,
The wrench of stumbling phone calls,
Idealizing fantasies, and later
The surreptitious glances on each
Drive past the place where we used to park.
Perhaps you once had a vision of us among
Those bright varnished benches with light
Streaming through the slightly garish stained glass,
There among the cologne-washed incense smells.
If so Nelda, I know now I should have been flattered.

 

annotation

The picture of the subject of my affection posed before a waterfall gave an impetus to this poem that might otherwise have been lacking.